The 66 gorgeous horses in Odysseo – the traveling fantastical production by Cavalia – mean business. They move in elaborate patterns, often carrying acrobatic riders, at times under the canopy of trapeze artists, and always with elegance.
The audience is transported to a mystical world where every moment is a visual tour de force. Horses gallop down a 35-foot mountain which changes with the choreography to a succession of territorial scenes from around the world. A waterfall appears, and then a massive pool of water. The horses seamlessly continue the performance, as their hooves send water flying in sync with an airy musical accompaniment.
Throughout the show, I was especially impressed with the loving guidance the horses received. Even the beautiful, young stallion with an obstreperous streak was brought back into the fold with a reassuring pat.
Everything about Odysseo is a work of art, even the lighted beams that hold up the bleachers inside the tent.